The Twins don't want to take any chances of their players coming down with the flu.
Minnesota are visiting the Tigers for a three-game series that started Tuesday, but first they requested that Detroit scrub down their visitors' clubhouse and broadcast booths at Comerica Parkafter the Red Sox left town with several players experiencing flu-like symptoms, the Pioneer Press reported.
The hotel at which both visiting teams stay also took precautions.
“What was the movie with Dustin Hoffman? "Outbreak"?” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “I’m not a person that overly reacts to those things. I think you just have to use a little common sense.”
During Boston's visit to Comerica Park, several Sox coaches, roughly half a dozen players andTV broadcaster Dave O’Brien became ill.Boston reliever Robbie Ross Jr. even had to go on the 10-day disabled list with the flu, and Hanley Ramirez went to the hospital for treatment.
According toRed Sox president Dave Dombrowski, there were "three different viruses" going on within his team. As a result, a cleanup crew came in and disinfected everything Monday night.
“I appreciate them doing that for us,” Twins reliever Matt Belisle said. “I didn’t know anything about that. I think a few times with the Rockies, they just passed around a bunch of Tamiflu or something.”